The Crucible

Dial chem for murder

Poisons may seem to be a murderer’s perfect accomplice, but chemists can always persuade them to betray their secrets, says Philip Ball

In the Pipeline

Tantalising technology

Computer-assisted drug design always looks like it’s just about to work, says Derek Lowe, but the reality is complicated


Are you sitting comfortably?

Science has great tales to tell, but we mustn’t let a good story get in the way of the facts


Setting the record straight

Everyone makes mistakes, says François-Xavier Coudert. But in science, everyone has to correct them too.

Classic Kit

Young's valve

Sealed with a twist

Organic Matter

Enthralled by evaporation

A giant rotary evaporator is a mesmerising thing, says Chemjobber, but the plant requires a different approach

Critical Point

A large life, fully lived

Carl Djerassi leaves many legacies besides the contraceptive pill,says Mark Peplow


February 2015

Reflections on the REF, climate controversy and the pros and cons of fracking


Creepy crawlies under (and on) the covers

5 March 2015

Creepy crawlies under (and on) the covers

Have your say: vote in the ‘Take 1 minute…’ competition

4 March 2015

Have your say: vote in the ‘Take 1 minute…’ competition